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Music in the air around Rim

The Rim Country air vibrates with music this month. First, the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino offer an Elton John tribute concert Saturday, Feb. 13, then there are Christian and jazz concerts planned.

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4FRI: Painfully slow progress

Good Earth years behind schedule, but plans to thin 16,000 acres in 2016

This year logging trucks will drive 6.7 million miles hauling 823,000 tons of wood harvested from 16,000 acres as part of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative.

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State’s $10 billion budget debate grows with the surplus

Governor’s proposed 1.4 percent increase draws praise, criticism

Gov. Doug Ducey’s austere budget features a 1.4 percent increase in spending, $1 billion in reserves, more tax cuts and the elimination of the once-massive “structural deficit.”

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Hits & Grins plays hits & laughs

Hits and Grins is a one of a kind “in the round” acoustical and intimate musical experience.

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Valley families support Kaitie’s Closet

Four families from the Phoenix area have decided to focus their annual donations to those less fortunate to Kaitie’s Closet.

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Schools face budget chaos

New state funding formula could inflict more pain on districts with declining enrollment

In a perfectly awful fiscal storm, changes in state budgeting could have a crushing impact on Payson Unified School District if the opening of a charter school this year causes a big dip in enrollment.

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Schools face onslaught of new laws

Superintendent briefs board on status of bills

The Arizona Legislature is back in session — which means Payson Unified School District Superintendent Greg Wyman is gearing up for more onslaughts on district schools — if the bills he’s tracking make it through the committee process.

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Storm delivers rare dose of ‘thundersnow’

Ever heard of thundersnow?

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Payson coach tops list

Pirch teams won 10 championships

A pair of former Payson High School coaches are on a prestigious list of the most successful high school wrestling coaches in Arizona based on state championship wins.

Population of 38,000 is too many people

Payson says Blue Ridge water will allow the city to build up to a population of 38,000.

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My go to sleep aid – chamomile

The Healthy Foodie

So, I told my editor that I wouldn’t have made it into work if I didn’t have my chamomile tea to help me sleep. I’ve used the herb for years to get me back to sleep when insomnia hits.

Presidential progress and problems

I have been honored and proud to have lived through the presidencies of FDR, Truman, Ike, JFK, LBJ, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, RW Bush, Clinton, W Bush, and Obama.

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Javelina permits still available

Outdoors Under the Rim

The late winter in Arizona has traditionally been the time to hunt javelina with a firearm.

Give me your huddled masses

The following words, penned by Emma Lazarus, are inscribed on a plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The retched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”

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Kill and be killed

Girls basketball team up one day, down the next

The Payson High girls basketball team — playing back to back weekend games — smoked visiting Apache Junction 54-21, but the following day lost 60-37 to a home standing Blue Ridge Yellow Jacket team that has been tough to beat on its own floor.

An angel that shovels snow

I live on McLane in Payson and I was out shoveling my long driveway after our last snow.

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Firefighters snuff out fire

Firefighters quickly extinguished a fire in a trash can last week.

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Wrestlers face tough tournament competition

Longhorns to send band of stalwarts to sectional tourney

Although the Payson High School wrestling team will not be a favorite to win the Division III, Section I championship tournament when it unfolds Saturday, Feb. 6 at Bradshaw Mountain High School, the Longhorns will send to it a band of stalwarts expected to battle for medal honors.

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Keep food safe at Super Bowl parties

The Super Bowl is already the most-watched television program in the United States, and this year’s 50th game is sure to take the experience to a whole new level.

Disagree with letter writer

A letter writer asserts “It is Congress’ responsibility and that of the president to protect the citizenry from all enemies foreign and domestic.”